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06 December 2003 Military News

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  • Insurgent Success Rate Down in Northern Iraq Attacks Against Coalition AFPS 06 Dec 2003 -- Attacks against coalition forces in northern Iraq have dropped significantly in recent weeks, and 95 percent of them fail to hurt coalition personnel or even damage coalition vehicles, the commander of the Army's 4th Infantry Division told visiting Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld here today.
  • Coalition Reports Progress on Military, Civic Fronts in Iraq Washington File 06 Dec 2003 -- Continuing military operations by coalition forces in Iraq have resulted in the capture of large numbers of insurgents as well as a substantial reduction in the number of attacks against coalition and Iraqi personnel, according to recent reports from the U.S. Central Command (Centcom).
  • TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" - Summary of operations, Dec 6 CENTCOM Release 06 Dec 2003-- The 82d Airborne Division, also known as the "All American" division, continued operations within the Al Anbar province providing security assistance to the Iraqi people. Progress in security is enabling uninterrupted reconstruction efforts. These missions will assist in moving Iraq toward a free and sovereign nation.
  • Iraq: Rumsfeld Meets U.S. Military Commanders In Kirkuk RFE/RL 06 Dec 2003 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in the northern city of Kirkuk today to get a firsthand look at the security and political situation in Iraq.
  • RUMSFELD/IRAQ VOA 06 Dec 2003 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says he sees a dramatic change in the way Iraqis are now providing for their own security. During a trip to Iraq, Mr. Rumsfeld said this is an important transformation that has occurred since the end of major combat operations.
  • AFGHANISTAN/EXPLOSION VOA 06 Dec 2003 -- In Afghanistan, at least 18 people are injured, seven seriously, from a bomb explosion in the southern city of Kandahar.

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  • Middle East: Annan 'encouraged' following Geneva Accord meeting UN News Centre 06 Dec 2003 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan was 'encouraged' by a meeting of signatories to the Geneva Accord, which he said offers "the hope of future reconciliation and peace" for both Israelis and Palestinians.
  • MIDEAST/PEACE VOA 06 Dec 2003 -- Negotiations in Cairo involving more than a dozen Palestinian factions and aimed at producing a comprehensive cease-fire offer to Israel have so far produced only sharp disagreement.

News Reports

  • RED CROSS/MEETING VOA 06 Dec 2003 -- The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement warns that its emblem is under increasing attack by extremists and armed groups. Lisa Schlein reports more than 15-hundred representatives attending an International Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference in Geneva have adopted a resolution calling for the strengthening of worldwide respect for this symbol of international humanitarian law.
  • ZIMBABWE/MUGABE VOA 06 Dec 2003 -- The president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, suggested Saturday he intends to take his country out of the 54-nation Commonwealth, whose leaders are meeting in Nigeria. Peta Thornycroft reports from Harare that leaders of Zimbabwe's eight provinces asked Mr. Mugabe to pull Zimbabwe out at his ruling ZANU-P-F's annual Congress, which ended Saturday.
  • COMMONWEALTH/SUMMIT VOA 06 Dec 2003 -- A panel set up at the Commonwealth summit in Nigeria to examine Zimbabwe's suspension from the group remains deadlocked.
  • RUSSIA/ELECTION VOA 06 Dec 2003 -- In Russian elections Sunday, 450 seats in the Duma, the country's lower house of parliament, are at stake. A party supported by President Vladimir Putin appears set to make a strong showing

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